Philosophy: The Earth is in Heavens Shadow

In Genesis is says we were created in Yahovahs image. But what is an image? Do we look like him?

Well we know he is spirit so we can’t. The Hebrew word for image is Tselem which means shadow. The word tsalal means to be or become or grow dark [it has a sense of hovering over. It also means to  sink, be submerged i.e. covered over by something like a shade.

Tsela [rib] is the word used for what woman was made out of [she comes from mans ‘shadow’ in a sense]. More specifically, it means any of the paired bony cartilaginous bones that stiffen the walls of the thorax and protect the organs beneath. Also means ‘side’; the favouring of one side


TsL – in a place of shadow, hiding in the shadows. The shadow is shade (as a form of protection), but it is also a copy outline of the original form i.e. a representation. Yahuwshua as a man was a shadow of Yahuwshua, and if we think he is amazing, how much more amazing is the real being of Yahovah?#

LL – When night comes, the night sky is rolled out like a scroll. When daylight comes, the night sky is rolled up a scroll.

The shadow of death [tsalmaveth] refers figuratively to distress, extreme danger. The person is not death, but is in deaths shadow. We are in the shadow of life. We think we are alive but we have no idea what true life is, and this life is in eternity, the true reality.

This reminds me of Platos allegory of the cave in Philosophy [from wikipedia]

Inside the cave

Socrates begins by describing a scenario in which what people take to be real would in fact be an illusion. He asks Glaucon to imagine a cave inhabited by prisoners who have been chained and held immobile since childhood: not only are their arms and legs held in place, but their heads are also fixed, compelled to gaze at a wall in front of them. Behind the prisoners is an enormous fire and between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway, along which people walk carrying things on their heads “including figures of men and animals made of wood, stone and other materials”. The prisoners watch the shadows cast by the men, not knowing they are shadows. There are also echoes off the wall from the noise produced from the walkway.

Socrates asks if it is not reasonable that the prisoners would take the shadows to be real things and the echoes to be real sounds, not just reflections of reality, since they are all they had ever seen or heard. Wouldn’t they praise as clever whoever could best guess which shadow would come next, as someone who understood the nature of the world? [We could view this as Yahuwshua who has seen the true forms of reality]. And wouldn’t the whole of their society depend on the shadows on the wall? [In society we all go by the norms, try to fit in, we see any deviance from ‘reality’ as mental illness]

Release from the cave

Socrates next introduces something new to this scenario. Suppose that a prisoner is freed and permitted to stand up. If someone were to show him the things that had cast the shadows, he would not recognize them for what they were and could not name them; he would believe the shadows on the wall to be more real than what he sees [perhaps those who suffer certain ‘delusions’ are afraid as they cannot explain what they see furthermore, when they explain it only in terms they know i.e. according to more shadows, then confusion results they use unreal things to explain the real thing which they know not of]

“Suppose further,” Socrates says, “that the man was compelled to look at the fire: wouldn’t he be struck blind and try to turn his gaze back toward the shadows, as toward what he can see clearly and hold to be real? What if someone forcibly dragged such a man upward, out of the cave: wouldn’t the man be angry at the one doing this to him? And if dragged all the way out into the sunlight, wouldn’t he be distressed and unable to see “even one of the things now said to be true,” viz. the shadows on the wall? [The holy spirit will allow us to see new and amazing things, but only some are ready to accept them. Yahuwshua is the light in this world, few can see it as they prefer their shadows of darkness and death]

After some time on the surface, however, Socrates suggests that the freed prisoner would acclimate. He would see more and more things around him, until he could look upon the Sun. He would understand that the Sun is the “source of the seasons and the years, and is the steward of all things in the visible place, and is in a certain way the cause of all those things he and his companions had been seeing” [Some people have a hard time finding God and go through a process of change. Those that are his will find the light in the end. [Read the Form of the Good and the Metaphor of the Sun by Plato]

Return to the cave

Socrates next asks Glaucon to consider the condition of this man. “Wouldn’t he remember his first home, what passed for wisdom there, and his fellow prisoners, and consider himself happy and them pitiable? And wouldn’t he disdain whatever honors, praises, and prizes were awarded there to the ones who guessed best which shadows followed which? Moreover, were he to return there, wouldn’t he be rather bad at their game, no longer being accustomed to the darkness? [We are not of this world]. “Wouldn’t it be said of him that he went up and came back with his eyes corrupted, and that it’s not even worth trying to go up? [They no not of what they do]. And if they were somehow able to get their hands on and kill the man who attempts to release and lead up, wouldn’t they kill him?” [They killed Yahuwshua]

A shadow symbolises something transitory. Our life is transitory as it is a mere shadow. Just like our shadows disappear when the sunlight decides, we will die when God decides.

There is only so much we can do in 4 dimensions and so we have a limited copy of the fullness of Yahovah. We are essentially locked in viewing only parts of Yahovahs creation. As intelligent beings we have even created things for ourselves, look at how much things have progressed in the world. We see technology, international communication, works of art etc as amazing but these things are only shadows of the things that God has created. We think of geniuses like Einstein, Newton, Galileo, Davinchi etc, but the ultimat genious is God and yet people refuse to believe he even exists. What is existence to them? Existence is his name, they do not know it though because they are limited only to certain shadows. In addition to technology etc we create destruction in our own lives when we refuse to follow Yahovah. Yahovah did not want this for us, but there are certain things which we have created. Yahowah created all things but man managed to get confused and mix some things with others e.g. knives for cutting food used as murder tools, normal marital relations man introduced adultery and lewd behaviour, atoms were created by Yahowah [matter, and must be the dust that made Adam], yet mixed with technology atoms were use to create the atomic bomb the list goes on. Yahowah created all, but we i guess you could say, mixed and matched certain good, normal/safe things and created all the evil we see today. How can you stop evil really, how do you stop child abuse? By removing all children off the Earth, or all adults, all men? By removing people hands so they cant hit them… etc. The fullness of the Lord doesnt not have these twisted things, it is pureness and light, and we must try to seek them and leave behind all the twisted thoughts of this world and seek higher things.


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